Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Hunger Games:D

YAY!! This is one of my favorite topics EVER!!!! Now, not to be confused with my sister (she isn't  impressed with the series) I am obsessed with the Hunger Games. I bought the book a while back and I finished it in a day. I finished the whole series in two days. I didn't like the 3rd book as much... the 1st book was definitely the best but the 2nd book is amazing as well.

Peeta is amazing. Gale is amazing. I'm not going to say that I'm on team Peeta, (although I love him) because this is not the Twilight series. I'm sick of people making the connection because they are NOTHING alike. I'm just going to stop talking about Twilight because it's contaminating my thoughts about the Hunger Games.

So, for those of you who have not read the amazing series, I'll sum it up for you. It takes place in the ruins of North America. Panem is created, and made of 13 districts and the Capitol. The districts had an uprising against the capitol but they were all defeated, and district 13 destroyed. In result of the uprising, and as punishment against the districts, the Capitol created the Hunger Games. In the Hunger Games both a girl and a boy from the ages of 12 to 18 participate. All 24 of them are put into an arena that could be filled with anything (a desert to an icy wasteland) and they have to fight to the death.

Katniss, a 16 year old girl who grew up in the Seam in District 12, has to hunt in order for her family to survive. The story is about Katniss in the Hunger Games. Hehe...there's a really cute love triangle too. Peeta is amazing. I can't wait!!!!

Anyway, I decided to write this post because the movie is coming out on March 23rd. First day of spring break for me. I am so excited. I hope I can go to the midnight showing. I am so obsessed with this book I look up all the trailers for the movie, all the actors, anything having to do with the Hunger Games.  The premiere was yesterday... I was so jealous of everyone who got to go. Please read the book. You won't be able to put it down. I love it. (I've probably read it about 5 times in the past few weeks)

Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss. Josh Hutcherson plays Peeta. Liam Hemsworth plays Gale.

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
(Excited scream)


Woooww.. I get shivers just watching them. 

I can't go to the midnight showing... I guess the odds are not in my favor.... It sucks because it's on a Thursday night (which is a school night) and I have a math test the next day. Now I'm very sad. I hear that the movie is supposed to be AMAZING. Also, I forced my mom to read the whole series! I think she liked it. It's a pretty gory book. I've been making a lot of gifs lately, mostly about the hunger games. Here's one:
I Loaf Peeta!
This is the way I portray myself in drawing form. (Same girl as the logo for Kool Asian Kids) My shirt says I loaf Peeta...... Yeah, I know....It's super corny, but I've seen worse. Example:

Pretty corny right? (I guess you wouldn't get it if you didn't read the book, but the character above is the guy who plays Peeta Mellark. Peeta Mellark loves Katniss, and he's a baker, hence the picture above)
 Finnick is amazing. Finnick is so sweet and awesome and can survive on his own. I think I like him better than Peeta. I hope they choose someone good to play him in Catching Fire. (PLEEASEE don't make it Alex Pettyfer.)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Robo Games Trilogy

In honor of my favorite books EVEH "The Hunger Games" trilogy by Suzanne Collins being made into a movie that's coming out this weekend, I'm renaming my 3 posts about my Lego League Robotics competition. The Robo Games Trilogy. These are real events, unlike the book. Check them out here:

Part 1: The Competition
Part 2: Catching the Pig
Part 3: Victory

Hehe....Kind of a spoof on the Hunger Games Logo...It's a NXT block
 (which is used in lego league robotics). Made it on AI.

The Robo Games, Part 3. Victory

The Judge's Award at LegoLand.

We won two awards. My group got one. MY group: the Robo Swag team. By the time the competition ended, we thought we did so poorly that all of our teammates left already.  Only me and one other kid stayed to collect the trophy. So, what did we win? We won the Judges Award. For interviewing well....I guess... Not for winning any competition. But that's good with me. At least we won something! The other award was for our other team, the Odd Bots. They won the On-the-Spot mission for catching the Lego pig in 8 seconds!!! That's pretty impressive. They beat the next fastest team by one second!  This is the first time ever that our Middle School Robotics team got two trophies in one competition! I'm pretty proud.

By the time the competition finally ended my mom asked me if I wanted to go on any rides (because there were absolutely no lines due to the rain). We walked through Miniland  in Legoland, which is really amazing. We also walked through this Pharaoh's Revenge thing also. I am, a wuss when it comes to haunted walks. It's like the House of Horrors at Universal Studios. I get so creeped out even though the LegoLand one is not scary AT ALL. I still bury my face in my mom's arm, close my eyes and walk through without seeing anything. I do remember seeing this tiny door in the Pharaoh's Revenge that said "Knock For Assistance". My mom wanted to knock. I did not. The last thing I want was to get a heart attack from some creepy thing popping out of a mysterious door. I guess we were supposed to look for some keys but I just pushed my mom along so we didn't find any. We went on one other ride which was a tiny roller coaster for babies called Coastersaurus. My mom was screaming the whole time, which was embarrassing because even the toddler in front of us wasn't screaming.  My mom and I are pretty pathetic when we go to amusement parks. I can't believe that last year, we even had the courage to go on Jurassic Park at Universal Studios together.

So because of our "amazing" performance at the Robotics competition we'll be on the front page of our school's website and we'll go in front of the whole middle school to show off our awards at Monday Morning Meeting.... In our bright pink shirts.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Robo Games, Part 2. Catching the Pig

The LegoLand competition is a big event. For my school, since I’m in the Robotics class, if I don’t go to the competition, my grade will be impacted in a big way. We have to be at LegoLand at 8:30 in the morning (the competition starts at 9) so I had to get up at 5:30 to drive to LegoLand to be there on time. The whole competition lasts until 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon. We can't really go on the LegoLand rides either because we only have 10 minute breaks in between each competition. It sucks. On top of that it was raining so hard the day we went, most of the rides were closed, and whenever we walked from the theater to the pit (where we prepare our robots) we get drenched in water.
Me and a teammate in our pink t-shirt. Judge behind in farm hat.
     Before the actual competition, there were judges who walked around to interview us. (They all wore farm hats to match the farm theme so you could tell them apart from the rest of the crowd.) They asked us to show them our programs, describe how we tackled our missions, and scribbled our responses on a clipboard. Then they thanked us and walked away.

The actual competition and theater is pretty scary because the competition is projected on a giant screen behind the stage. That means everyone can see if you make one mistake. My team was very easy to spot because our t-shirt was bright pink with my design in black. We had two and a half minutes to try and fit in as many missions as we can to earn the most possible points. Then we leave, go back to the pit for 10 minutes, fix our robot, and go back on stage. We get to do this three times to try to improve our score. Each time mine got so close, even pulled the lever but failed to accomplish the mission. Our scores for the three times were 150, 200, and 75.

Exhausting right? So we get a break after that and get to eat lunch and go on rides? No. We  have to go do the On-the-Spot mission. This year, the mission involved letting loose a Lego pig that's strapped onto a robot that moves in circles and we have to program our robot to catch the pig without damaging the robot. Another catch. We start on one half of the table and a competitor starts on the other side. We have to compete to see who gets the pig first. And it must be knocked onto our side of the table. If we knock the pig onto our opponent’s side of the table they win. So, we get 30 minutes (that's why it's called the on the spot mission) to practice our program. This may seem like a lot of time, but it takes a long time designing attachments for the robot and programming it to run the way you want it to.

To find out how we did, see our next blog: The Robo  Games. Part 3. Victory.

The Robo Games: Part 1: The Competition


I've been on the Middle School Robotics team this semester. I chose this elective with my dad at the beginning of the year, and I've hated it. First of all, most kids in the class are boys except for me, and two others girls. Sadly, the two other girls are on a team together (with other boys) and I'm all alone in a group with all boys. Two of the boys in our group did everything, while the other three of us did nothing all class because we didn't know how. The class started to grow on me when I created the t-shirt design for my class (I love using Adobe Illustrator) and tried working on making a program for my robot. My team name is Robo Swag. (This is what I get for being in a team with all boys)

Each year the Legoland challenge is different. This time the challenge was farm related. For my challenge I had to move my robot out of base, turn left, and position the robot to pull back a handle which releases the "water" into the fields to feed the crops. (The water is really a blue ball).  There are many obstacles that you have to try and avoid. It was actually pretty fun programming what the robot should do, how many rotations or degrees it should move and watching the robot carry out its tasks. It's pretty hard to picture all of this but I'll try my best to explain. You can choose out of several missions which ones you want to do. For example, knocking the rooster off the fence, using the tractor to plow the fields, finding the needle in the haystack, catching the cow and the pig, and so on and so forth. My mission actually worked pretty well, considering no one helped me learn how to do the programming, and I had to try out my program by trial and error. I almost got excited for the competition at Legoland. Almost.
(For more on how the competition went, see my next blog, Robo Games, Part 2: Catching the Pig)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

My Own Funnies

I don't read the newspaper much, but I love to read the funnies.  I also love to watch Sophia, Blanche and Dorothy on the Golden Girls on TV, so I decided to draw some comics about a young girl and her granny.  I love both my po-po and nai-nai, by the way.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Mochi Magazine!

Hi everyone, happy March!
Mochi Pyramid

We recently stumbled upon a really fun website called Mochi Magazine. Founded by Maggie Hsu, Stephanie Wu, and Sandra Sohn, Mochi Mag aims to reach out to Asian-American teen girls. How cool is that? The magazine discusses the the struggles and the successes that come as part of growing up as an Asian-American girl, from eating disorders (how vulnerable we are to developing them and what we can do to maintain healthy body images), to fashion (the latest triends not only in America but also in various parts of Asia), celebrities (did you guys hear that Brenda Song is engaged to Miley Cyrus's older brother?!), college (we work our butts off all through high school....what's next?), and everything in between. We were ecstatic to find that Lijie is also featured on the site, along with a number of other up-and-coming Asian American musicians and actors!

After contacting Mochi, they wanted to interview us and write a short description of who we are and what we do here at Kool Asian Kids. We're really psyched about this; you guys should definitely check it out and all of the other great stuff on the site! Here's the Mochi Mag post about us. Be sure to make the most of all the great information the magazine has to offer by subscribing to it! It's definitely worth it. As a matter of fact, I think I'm going to replace Seventeen with it. It's got all the fun and excitement of seventeen, minus the trash and plus great material really worth thinking over. Let us know what you think!